Editorials

Thursday, Jan 23 2014 10:00 AM

A fitting renovation for a community landmark

By The Bakersfield Californian

To the victor go the spoils. The old adage is one that the people of Bakersfield -- and, most specifically, those affiliated with Bakersfield High School's champion football team -- should get used to.

A month after the school's impressive run to a state Division I football title -- its first since 1927 -- Driller Nation and local history buffs received some exceptional news: Griffith Field is getting a much-needed, 21st-century facelift.

Kern County is home to a diverse array of scholastic and athletic allegiances. But regardless of what colors we may don, come Friday nights in the fall, Griffith Field should be recognized as the community landmark it is. It should be as auspicious a prep football venue as any in California.

The two-year project will include new seating areas, elevators and additional structures for restrooms or concessions. The school is also looking to install artificial turf and an all-weather track, though those additions won't be covered by Kern High School District-approved funds. That money, roughly $1 million, will have to come via fund raising. Given its 100-year-plus history, that should be no problem.

We admire the scope of the historic renovations,and we look forward to seeing them become reality.

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